I just love the story of how some people become famous and popular actors, especially when these “people” are already well known athletes. When you’ve already been in the limelight as an incredible boxer or basketball player, entering the spotlight as an actor seems like a pretty smooth transition. Check out these 19 famous actors who started off as mere and awesome athletes.
Long before she was a breakout actress, this gorgeous brunette was a well known fitness model, and former mixed martial artist. Before she retired, she competed in Strikeforce and EliteXC. She was heavily featured in ESPN The Magazine as well as Maxim, and rightly so. She’s often referred to as the “face of women’s MMA” but she denies this claim. Her film debut was in Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 action film Haywire, but currently she is best known for her roles in Fast & Furious 6 and Deadpool. This girl is on fire.